Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Review of "Invasion of Privacy" by Perri O'Shaughnessy




Attorney Nina Reilly's client, Terry London, is being sued to prevent the release of her film about a long missing girl named Tamara Sweet. In her film London suggests that Sweet is dead and that the crime is connected to the disappearance of several other girls in the Lake Tahoe area.

In the midst of the court proceedings Terry London is brutally murdered and Nina's ex-boyfriend Kurt - who is also the father of her son Bob - is accused of the crime. Turns out Kurt used to date Tamara and was also previously married to Terry London. So a lot of coincidences here.

Of course Nina decides to defend Kurt and runs around questioning witnesses and so on. There are plenty of possible suspects for the incidents, including Tamara's parents and friends and Terry's rough-guy neighbors. The case goes to court and the courtroom scenes are the best part of the story.

There are some interesting characters including Nina's Native American secretary, her private investigator/would-be boyfriend, and a nasty local defense attorney who doesn't like women rivals.

My problem with this book is that there's some egregious unethical lawyering and I was actually hoping the people involved would be exposed. For me the book could have been edited to be quite a bit shorter but I thought it was a decent mystery with an appropriate ending.

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